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The Whole Armor of God: How Christ’s Victory Strengthens Us for Spiritual Warfare, Iain Duguid, Crossway, 2019. 127 pp. Paper, $14.99. Reviewed by Charles Terpstra. The Christian life is a battle. We are in a daily struggle against the world, sin, and Satan. But God didn’t leave us to fend for ourselves. He gave us His own armor—armor that Jesus has already worn on our behalf all the way to the cross. The same power that raised Christ from the dead is now at work inside of us. This book unpacks each of the pieces of spiritual armor Paul describes...

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Mr. VanDerSchaaf is a member of and an elder in Faith Protestant Reformed Church in Jenison, Michigan. The Lord’s Supper and the “Popish Mass”: A Study of Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 80, Cornelis P. Venema, Grand Rapids MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2015, 96 pages. [Reviewed by Peter VanderSchaaf.] Dr. Venema set himself to the task of answering an important question. The question is this, “Should Q&A 80 of the Heidelberg Catechism be retained in the creed?” The question comes up because many, also in the Reformed church world, find the language of Q&A 80 abrasive and inconsistent with the pastoral tone...

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Mrs. Mowery is a former school teacher, and currently a wife and mother in Loveland Protestant Reformed Church of Loveland, Colorado. Eight Women of Faith by Michael A. G. Haykin. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2016. 160 pages. Paper. [Reviewed by Sarah Mowery.] There is great value in reading Christian biography. In the words of Hebrews 12:1, the witness of those who have lived—and died—by faith encourages us to “lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us” and “run with patience the race that is set before us.” Arguably, the majority of Christian biographies are about men,...

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A Spiritual House Preserved: A Century in the River’s Bend, Calvin Kalsbeek, ed. Jenison, MI: RFPA, 2016, 728 pages + xxii, $44.95. [Reviewed by Bruce Koole.] Hope Protestant Reformed Church has set the standard for church memoirs with their book entitled A Spiritual House Preserved: A Century in the River’s Bend. This is a book well worth spending the time it takes to digest its seven hundred and fifty pages of material. Hope’s anniversary committee deserves summa cum laude for the vast amount of organization and labor put forth in the publication of this book. The title A Spiritual House...

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As part of this special Standard Bearer issue on Martin Luther, I was asked to submit an article featuring some of the classic works on Luther as well as some of the new works being produced in connection with next year’s 500th anniversary of Luther’s posting of the Ninety-five Theses. It is not difficult to feature books on Luther. The difficulty is in knowing where to end the list. There is, indeed, a plethora of good ones. But we can and will highlight a few of the best for you here, so that you can begin or continue to do...

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Mr. Doezema is a member of the Southwest Protestant Reformed Church in Wyoming, Michigan. The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ, by Richard J. Smit. Jenison, MI: Reformed Free Publishing, 2012. 155 pages (paper). [Reviewed by Don Doezema.] A friend of mine told me recently that she was reading, and profiting from, Rev. Smit’s little book entitled The Fruit of the Spirit of Jesus Christ. She went on to tell me that she planned therefore to share it with an acquaintance of hers, who, because of circumstances in her life, would surely find it as beneficial as she had....

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Memoirs of the Way Home: Ezra and Nehemiah as a Call to Conversion, Gerald M. Bilkes. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. Paperback, 187 pp. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] This is a brief, accessible, and helpful commentary on two neglected books of the Old Testament. Ezra and Nehemiah are post-exilic writings, that is, they were written after and describe life after the Babylonian captivity. For many Christians that history is strange and unfamiliar. We treat it at the end of the Old Testament History catechism season, when students are looking forward to the summer break. It does not...

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Mr. Leep is a member of Grace Protestant Reformed Church in Standale, Michigan. Spiritual Warfare: A Biblical & Balanced Perspective, by Brian Borgman & Rob Ventura (Grand Rapids: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014).[Reviewed by Bill Leep, Jr.] We are in a war of the most serious nature. As Reformed Christians, we have a tendency to ignore or downplay this reality, probably due to fear. Not the fear of being caught up in a war—far from it. More often it is the fear of the opposite extreme. That is to say, we may be guilty of the error of ignoring the power...

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Songs of a Suffering King, J. V. Fesko. Grand Rapids, MI: Reformation Heritage Books, 2014. Paperback, 123 pp. [Reviewed by Rev. Martyn McGeown.] For one who loves to preach, read, and sing the Psalms, this is a delightful little book. However, this book is not only—or even mainly—for scholars and preachers. In fact, it is written for the ordinary believer who loves to read and sing the Psalms. The greatest value of this book is the clear teaching that the Psalms—all of them—are Christocentric, that is, all of them center on Christ. Fesko explains his approach in the introduction: Each...

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The Sovereignty of God, Arthur W. Pink. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Baker Book House, 1984 (first published 1918). Softcover. 269 pages. (also available online, Kindle, Hardback, Audio book). ISBN 0-8010-7088-0. ISBN 13: 9780801070884. [Reviewed by Dr. Julien Kennedy, Ballymena, NI.] I would guess that this book, more than any other, has been used by God to introduce people to and reinforce their belief in the Reformed doctrines of sovereign grace. It is a must-read for anyone disenchanted with the false theology of their churches, for those interested in assessing Calvinism, and, I would go as far as to say, for every...

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